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Padres, Pirates Rained Out

April 19, 1998

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The San Diego Padres-Pittsburgh Pirates game was rained out Sunday and will be made up as part of a 5:05 p.m. EDT doubleheader on May 20.

Both teams were off Monday, and likely would have played then if the Padres weren’t making a second trip to Pittsburgh next month.

The rainout came at an inopportune time for the Padres, because it means the majors’ hottest team will be off two days in a row. The Padres have won 11 of 12 and their 14-3 record represents the best start in franchise history.

The Pirates probably welcomed the day off after losing six in a row, matching their longest losing streak since they lost seven straight in June 1993.

The postponement also means Padres right-hander Pete Smith (1-1) will be skipped over for what would have been his first start since April 11. The Padres will start Kevin Brown (2-0), Joey Hamilton (2-0) and Andy Ashby in their three-game series beginning Tuesday in Chicago.

The Pirates won’t alter their rotation, so Jon Lieber (0-2), who was to have pitched Sunday, will start instead Tuesday against San Francisco.

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